The Vice-President of the Mozambique Liberation Front FRELIMO - Sehnor dos Santos - held a news conference in London on Tuesday (19 June 1973) to outline his organisation's aims and activities.
CU Sehnor dos Santos seated
CU Dos Santos listens to questions before replying
REPORTER: "How representative is your movement of the people of these territories and how do you measure this?"
DOS SANTOS: "I think that today we can say... or repeat what has been said, always.... first, in a country like ours, when there is a liberation movement, a nationalist movement, it becomes (unclear) and immediately the representative of the people. Second, during all these years of struggle, armed struggle, we have vocation to show, by practical realities, that we are really the representative of the Mozambique people. And if you want clear explanations, look at the what's happening in the regions still under Portugal, Portuguese colonialists, in which Portugal, in spite of saying they are there and they are introducing new reforms, new change, they are always coming to the same procedure, the same action, torturing, killing and arresting people."
REPORTER: "From where, mainly, do you get arms and money for your Movement?
DOS SANTOS: "From Africa, from the socialist countries and from the progressive forces all over the world, and this includes some Western countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Netherlands."
REPORTER: "When you say 'socialist' and 'progressive', you mean the Soviet Union and its friends?"
DOS SANTOS: "I mean all the socialist countries, including Soviet Union, China, German Democratic Republic, Poland, Rumania and Korea."
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Background: The Vice-President of the Mozambique Liberation Front FRELIMO - Sehnor dos Santos - held a news conference in London on Tuesday (19 June 1973) to outline his organisation's aims and activities.
Sehnor dos Santos is in Britain at the invitation of the Committee for Freedom in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea.